English rivals Arsenal and Tottenham are aiming to construct on successful begins within the Europa League on Thursday whereas Zlatan Ibrahimovic will look to switch his unbelievable Serie A type to the continental stage.
Smarting from a 1-0 loss at house to Leicester on the weekend, the Gunners host Irish aspect Dundalk of their second Group B fixture following a come-from-behind victory in Austria of their opening match.
Dundalk are simply the third Irish consultant to succeed in the group stage, having matched their achievement in 2016/17 and that of Shamrock Rovers in 2011/12.
They misplaced 2-1 at house to Norwegians Molde of their first recreation, and their Italian coach Filippo Giovagnoli is acutely conscious the chances are stacked towards the membership from County Louth on Eire’s east coast.
“Arsenal have higher gamers, higher coaches and higher all the things than us, however that is the problem. We have to play with a number of coronary heart, run so much and be slightly loopy and courageous, however we will strive,” stated Giovagnoli.
Tottenham’s strong begin within the Premier League has stirred up speak they might probably finish a protracted title drought, with no crew but to actually assert themselves after a truncated pre-season.
“We all know with the crew we’ve obtained and the gamers we’ve obtained we are able to do one thing particular,” captain Harry Kane, who is 2 targets shy of 200 for Spurs, advised the BBC after Monday’s 1-0 win at Burnley.
Jose Mourinho’s aspect head to Belgium to play Antwerp this week after easing previous Austrian outfit LASK Linz 3-0 of their Group J opener.
– Gerrard’s Rangers unbeaten this season –
Leicester, the third English membership within the competitors, journey to AEK Athens as they too chase a second straight victory in Group J.
Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers are at house to Lech Poznan in Group D. Steven Gerrard’s males are unbeaten this time period and have gained their final seven video games.
Celtic, who’re concentrating on a file tenth successive Scottish title, misplaced floor to Rangers on the weekend and have work to do in Group H after they had been crushed 3-1 by Milan.
The duty will not get any simpler with a go to to Lille, who’re degree on factors with Paris Saint-Germain in France and the one unbeaten crew left in Ligue 1.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored seven occasions in 5 video games this season regardless of lacking a handful of matches after testing constructive for coronavirus.
The 39-year-old former Sweden worldwide netted twice for the third time in a row in Serie A as Milan drew 3-3 with Roma on Monday.
Ibrahimovic would change into the second-oldest scorer in Europa League historical past if he hits the goal towards Sparta Prague.
Molde’s Daniel Hestad holds the file, scoring towards Celtic in November 2015 aged 40 years and 98 days.
Actual Sociedad host Napoli as two well-known European names do battle for the primary time in Group F.
Fixtures (kick-offs Teams G-L at 1655 GMT, Teams A-F at 1900 GMT)
Zorya Luhansk (UKR) v Braga (POR)
AEK Athens (GRE) v Leicester Metropolis (ENG)
AC Milan (ITA) v Sparta Prague (CZE)
Lille (FRA) v Celtic (SCO)
Sivasspor (TUR) v Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR)
Qarabag (AZE) v Villarreal (ESP)
Antwerp (BEL) v Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)
LASK Linz (AUT) v Ludogorets (BUL)
Feyenoord (NED) v Wolfsberg (AUT)
CSKA Moscow (RUS) v Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
Crimson Star Belgrade (SRB) v Slovan Liberec (CZE)
Gent (BEL) v Hoffenheim (GER)
Roma (ITA) v CSKA Sofia (BUL)
CFR Cluj (ROM) v Younger Boys (SUI)
Arsenal (ENG) v Dundalk (IRL)
Molde (NOR) v Fast Vienna (AUT)
Slavia Prague (CZE) v Bayer Leverkusen (GER)
Good (FRA) v Hapoel Beer-Sheva (ISR)
Benfica (POR) v Normal Liege (BEL)
Rangers (SCO) v Lech Poznan (POL)
Omonoia Nicosia (CYP) v PSV Eindhoven (NED)
Granada (ESP) v PAOK (GRE)
Actual Sociedad (ESP) v Napoli (ITA)
AZ Alkmaar (NED) v Rijeka (CRO)